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Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

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Photo from the Chocolate Hot Pocket's Facebook page.Photo from the Chocolate Hot Pocket's Facebook page.

One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on your bio that the rhythm section met while studying music at Carleton U. Tell us a bit about the Carleton experience. Alex Moxon: Carleton is wide open stylistically speaking- I learned about a lot of... | Continue reading article

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

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Photo courtesy of the artist.Photo courtesy of the artist.

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using records dug from record stores along the #2 route and field recordings documenting the sounds of the trip for source material, Memetic went to work sampling, looping, chopping, re-playing and altogether creating a new body... | Continue reading article

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Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

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Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a chat, he gets excited to learn that I spent five years in Medellin, Colombia. He passionately reflects on the changing political climate in the country, and we instantly connect over our shared love for ESPN’s... | Continue reading article

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Jen & John bring their beautiful duets to Raw Sugar Cafe

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Photo of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by BorjaPhoto of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by Borja

Sometimes the best artistic collaborations arise from love.  In the case of married couple-cum-musical partners John Antoniuk and Jen Lane this is clearly the case. While both have successful solo careers, the Saskatoon-based duo released last year Jen & John, a seven-song album comprised of five originals and two covers.  With rich vocal harmonies, soothing melodies and strong country and folk influences, the record is a perfect soundtrack for an intimate evening. Ottawa residents can hear the Prairie duo play live this Friday at 8 pm at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. West). ... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa composer Colin Mack debuts violin concerto

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Colin Mack has an impressive musical resume.  In addition to composing numerous chamber music works, he has also written — among other things  — a symphonic poem for orchestra, film scores for two short documentaries, and a choral anthem. What the Ottawa-born composer had never done until recently, however, was create a concerto. This will change on Friday when Thirteen Strings, Ottawa’s premiere chamber orchestra, perform the world debut of his violin concerto Elegy. Also on the programme is Distant Light by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, who was born in 1946, an Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber,... | Continue reading article

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An engaging evening of orchestral enchantment

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Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.

A drum kit, a collection of guitars and amps, bass, keyboards, and a series of mics on stands, stood in a tight formation in the center of the NAC’S Theatre stage. Naturally, one would have thought such a set-up was to be manned by several band members, but instead, a man and woman emerged from out of the darkness to take their place among the cluster of musical instruments. The two immediately got to work building a foundation of looped sounds – he on the drum kit, laying down a... | Continue reading article

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Musical chameleon Lindsay Ferguson releases album

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Photo of Lindsay Ferguson by David IrvinePhoto of Lindsay Ferguson by David Irvine

A month ago I was not familiar with Lindsay Ferguson.  Flash forward to today, and numerous times happily bebopping to her music, and I can say that I am officially a fan. Born in Bermuda to Canadian parents, the talented singer-songwriter writes melodic and catchy tunes.  Drawing from folk, pop, acoustic rock and other influences, her work is a pleasure to listen to.  (In fact, the past few days has seen me eagerly talk about her to my wife and children). Splitting her time between Bern, Switzerland and Wakefield, QC... | Continue reading article

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Alberta’s reggae winds blow into the Mercury Lounge

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Photo of Tasman Jude courtesy of FritzMediaPhoto of Tasman Jude courtesy of FritzMedia

“Life is a lot like jazz . . . it’s best when you improvise.”  - George Gershwin Musical legend George Gershwin would probably love the story behind Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude.  Two years ago on a January night, friends Caleb Hart and Al Peterson jumped onto a stage for an open mic night and improvised three songs.  The reaction of the crowd was so great, that Hart decided to make a Facebook page with the name Tasman Jude. (Note: Peterson’s 15-year-old birth mother named him Tasman Jude, and when he was later... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

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Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight into the ever-changing music industry. John Criswick, owner of the Merc, approached Balladelli last year to ask her if she would take the lead to create a music conference in Ottawa. Building off of the... | Continue reading article

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